Giants Beware by Jorge Aguirre
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Genre: Action & Adventure; Graphic Novel
Length: 208 pages
First Published: 2012
Make way for Claudette the giant slayer in this delightful, fantastical adventure!
Claudette’s fondest wish is to slay a giant. But her village is so safe and quiet! What’s a future giant slayer to do?
With her best friend Marie (an aspiring princess), and her brother Gaston (a pastry-chef-to-be), Claudette embarks on a super-secret quest to find a giant without parental permission. Can they find and defeat the giant before their parents find them and drag them back home?
Giants Beware! offers up a wondrous, self-contained world in the tradition of the very best of Pixar. Claudette and her friends will have you laughing out loud from page one.
The entire town has heard stories about the “giant who likes to eat baby feet.” Everyone is scared, except Claudette. Armed with her wooden sword, she is eager to travel to the hills and defeat the giant. She tricks two friends into joining her for this giant fighting expedition and together they face several adventures on their way to the giant.
The characters in this adventure graphic novel are full of energy and personality. As a result of their adventures, they become stronger friends and learn a little more about their individual strengths. I think these characters are a ton of fun. This book is a great tool to encourage reluctant readers. I highly recommend it
Book Club Ideas
Eat apples but don’t worry about the witch showing up!
Have a sword battle using toy swords, such as nerf.
Enjoy blue jello as a treat, but call it Mad River Jello.
Purchase wooden swords and decorate them. Decorate using acrylic paint and items such as craft gems.
Be sure to grab this set of questions specifically designed to facilitate discussion about the format and artwork of the graphic novel:
About the Author: Jorge Aguirre
Jorge A. Aguirre is an East Coast-based writer born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He wrote the graphic novel, Giants Beware, which the New York Times called, a “rollicking fun story.” He also wrote its sequel, Dragons Beware. Besides books, Jorge also produces and writes TV for kids. He’s worked for Disney, Junior, Nick, Jr., and PBS. Learn more on his Goodreads Page.
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